“The opposition CORD coalition has welcomed the move by members of parliament to pass the elections amendment bill 2016 without any amendments hence barring any politicians from party hopping after party primaries. CORD co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula have put their members on notice to make a decision on whether they will stick to CORD or join other political parties before the party primaries. The bill now awaits the president’s assent” (KTN News, 2016).
“Devolution cabinet Secretary and Nominated MP Sarah Lekorere asked Cord Leader Raila Odinga to concede defeat if his party is beaten in the 2017 General elections. Speaking in Laikipia the duo maintained that Odinga had already supported the new law barring MPs or political leaders from party hoping and indeed if he meant it, then he should do the same if defeated during the opposition nominations as well as during the general elections” (Kenya NTV, 2016)
“Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has distanced himself from reports that negotiations were underway to ensure that the western region come up with one presidential flag bearer. Wetangula says presidential candidates from western Kenya do not need a mediator to unite them, adding that Luhya unity alone will not guarantee a win in the elections. He spoke in Vihiga County when he paid the governor a courtesy call and later joined African Divai Church faithful at their annual conference” (NTV Kenya, 2016)
“Western Kenya has been keen on getting its share of the pie in as far as occupancy at state house is concerned…and keen to fly that flag from the region drawing the interests of Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula and anc Leader Musalia Mudavadi…however reports of cord wooing Mudavadi into the fold appears to have sent Wetangula, himself a co-principal, into panic…while insiders told Citizen Tv the talks are infact near completion, Wetangula would dismiss such reports…instead, urging Mudavadi to back his bid…but leaders from the area hold a different view—calling upon them to join hands and work together instead of against each other” (Kenya Citizen TV, 2016)
While we see no need to chest-thump as the CORD negotiating team on IEBC reforms, CORD has achieved what we know is critical to delivering a free, fair and peaceful polls next year.
One; what Jubilee intransigence throughout this process has revealed to us is that the much hyped ‘numbers’ by Jubilee are nonexistent. The fear to have a credible electoral institution by Jubilee tells it all.
Having said that; our team has achieved one critical objective that we set to achieve which was, foremost, to have the current crop of IEBC commissioners to go.
We’ve also reduced the number from nine to seven and delineated their roles from those of the secretariat.
We’ve set modalities for getting a new set of commissioners in the most rigorous manner possible which, in our human estimation, should guarantee utmost credibility.
There are finer details to this that we’ll share in coming days.
My experience with Kenya’s democracy project so far is that it is work in progress. Today we give this, tomorrow we get that. It is give-and-take. And while often we wished we had all; that isn’t how it works in reality.
Two; the voter register will be forensically audited. While Jubilee and current IEBC didn’t want anything done on the voter register, and we were adamant the register had to be expunged and a new one instituted; the middle ground was to audit it and should there be ‘multitude of ghosts’ in it; that will automatically lead to a new one.
Three; from next year the country will go for electronic voting. This goes to voter identification, registration, ballot casting, votes transmission and and tallying. Should this system collapse, there shall be no reverting to manual: the election shall be repeated.
Four; we have anchored it in law that IEBC must provide, within 48hrs, all documents it used to declare any candidate a winner. Many of you who followed 2013 presidential petition knows why this is significant.
Finally, there are finer details of what our side has achieved which cannot be reduced to A FACEBOOK post – much as I wished I could – but I felt it was important to clarify that CORD has achieved much, much more; though not all.
In the end; the only way to get jubilee out of power is to VOTE them out of power. This is the next stage.
“We begin with the bombshell from cord co-principal Moses Wetangula who has now dismissed any possibility of his colleague Raila Odinga ever clinching the presidency in Kenya through cord. According to Wetangula, given that Raila has given a shot at the presidency 3 times now without any success, it is high time that Raila backed either him Wetangula, or the wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka. And as Chris Thairu reports, Wetangula maintains that cord is doomed to fail if they settle on Raila Odinga as the presidential candidate” (KTN News, 2016)
“A large explosion followed by gunfire has targeted a popular hotel near the international airport in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, witnesses and officials say. There was no immediate word on casualties. James Valles” (BNO News).
Some Reports from Mogadishu today!
“Huge explosion followed by heavy gunfire in Mogadishu; suspected militants target Hotel Ambassador” (…)”Suspected Al-Shabab fighters “inside” popular Hotel Ambassador, sporadic gunfire heard. Hotel locates near K-4 junction: reports” (…)“Witnesses now confirm armed militants are in control of the top floors of the hotel and are shooting at sight” (…)”Al-Shabab claims responsibility for Hotel Ambassador attack, says fighters are targeting “apostate officials” and “infidels”“(Harun Marif, 01.06.2016).
“BREAKING: One person injured as explosives disrupt Moses Wetangula’s presidential bid launch in Kakamega. Wetangula had just started speaking. Pandemonium as people flee the gardens. Several explosions reported. May be loud firecrackers.